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Ex -CEO drags BFA to court

Botswana Football Association (BFA) is headed for legal warfare with its former employer Kitso Kemoeng who served as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), over procedures undertaken to expel him almost two years ago.

Kemoeng’s nature of claim boarders on unfair dismissal where he lays bare two points that he feels were instrumental during his downfall.  Reports claim that Kemoeng contest that an independent committee that was tasked to investigate him was not competent and not able enough to furnish proper findings. Moreover, Kemoeng is aggrieved that the manner in which he was shown the door was not fed by conditions of service of the association.

The trial is expected to be on heard on the 8th and 9th of April at Gaborone’s industrial court. Kemoeng was expelled largely for office abuse after he was found guilty by an independent committee appointed by the BFA’s National Executive Committee (NEC). Sources close the developments say that the former Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) CEO has long written to the association asking for minutes of the meeting that could have possibly led to his sacking.

The independent committee is said to be comprised of lawyers, and expects from labour offices. While serving suspension, Kemoeng was asked to show cause why the association should not sack him, but instead the shrewd sport administrator, by many observers admission, asked to be furnished with credentials of those who set for his case.  It is not clear if the association has met his plea.

Several times, the association has been steadfast on its insistency that despite the farcical nature of these events, it refuses to believe that this was a political decision taken in haste in order to taint a lifelong devotee of the game. However, those who would more readily doubt Kemoeng’s credentials might suggest this was merely the first instance of passing the buck.

Before his fall, he was seen to be breaking relations with some staff members and the combination of complaints from the administrative team to anxious technical persons in BFA pointed to his direction. Some observers however feel it was harsh in the manner the sports administrator was treated, but they were members of the BFA hierarchy who had grown tired of his perceived blame culture hence pushing for his dismissal, reports claimed.

Recruited under Tebogo Sebego’s reign, the ex BFA boss, Kemoeng was seen as the embodiment of hard work and determination, two crucial virtues needed to shape BFA CEO plum post. Before his appointment, it was said that Sebego was not convinced that employing Kemoeng would immediately help to turn around the fortunes of the association. He was later, after protracted talks, convinced by his then vice Presidents to opt for him.

The fall of Kemoeng, two years ago, piled the number of BFA failed projects of CEO to six.  Duncan Kgame, Keith Masters, Thuso Dikgaka, Judge Mookodi,  Mooketsi Kgotele all came and failed to see the end of their contracts. Only Ashford Mamelodi and Styles Ntshinogang have completed their three year contracts. Kemoeng was hired on a three year contract in July 2015. He seeks 12 months compensation as he was sacked with a year left on his contract. He was replaced by Nfolo Nfolo.

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